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NFL Draft Days 1 and 2: Ranked

Now that we have made it through the first three rounds of the NFL draft, it is fair to take a step back and make completely subjective decisions about college players who have yet to step foot on an NFL field. As a twist, this year I will take a look at the NFL draft through the most appropriate lens possible, Marvel feature films. Each film will have an explanation along with the teams that fit best in that category. Here we go.

Marvel’s The Avengers

The first Avengers movie was a comic book tour de force. After four years of buildup and plot design, the movie took the world by storm, cinematically combining our favorite hero’s that we were emotionally invested in. The teams in this category took the draft by storm in the first three rounds, and because of this, deserve the highest of praise. These are your A+ drafts thus far.

Cleveland Browns:

Pick 1-1: Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

Pick 1-25 (from Houston): Jabrill Peppers, DB, Michigan

Pick 1-29 (from Green Bay; traded away 2-33, 4-108): David Njoku, TE, Miami

Pick 2-52: Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Pick 3-65: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte

Cleveland is well deserving of the praise of best NFL draft through the first three rounds in 2017. Not only did they show non-Clevelandish common sense by taking Myles Garrett number 1, they also showed excellent controlled aggression trading back into the first to get Njoku, who could terrorize the middle of the field. Waiting for Kizer to fall in round 2 was also a stroke of genius, since many thought he could sneak into round 1 or would be one of the first players taken in round 2. Peppers may turn out to be a reach, but with Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator, his explosive athletic ability will be used all over the field in a myriad of creative ways.

San Francisco 49ers:

Pick 1-3 (from Bears): Solomon Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford

Pick 1-31 (Trade up with Seattle; Picks 2-34, 4-111): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Pick 3-66: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

Pick 3-104 (Trade up with Minnesota, Picks 3-109, 7-219) C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa

Completely deceiving the Bears was a master move (more on this later), since it guaranteed the 49ers getting exactly who they wanted one pick later. Moving up to get Reuben Foster at the end of Round 1 was also brilliant considering San Fran has been craving someone to fill the middle of the field since the unforeseen retirement of Patrick Willis. Witherspoon has the ability to match up against bigger wide receivers and will see the field day 1 for this defense. The trade up for C.J. Beathard almost was enough to drop them a category, but honestly, getting their top players and getting picks to do it is too good for first time G.M. John Lynch, so here they are.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America Civil War was the highly anticipated follow up to the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Utilizing the current cast while adding fan favorites like Spider-Man, this movie wowed audiences and generated massive excitement amongst fans. This movie met all expectations and received critical acclaim for it’s greatness. The teams here had excellent drafts, just not as transcendent as the group above. The solid A’s to A-‘s in the 2017 draft.

New Orleans Saints:

Pick 1-11: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Pick 1-32: Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin

Pick 2-42: Marcus Williams, S, Utah

Pick 3-76: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida

Pick 3-67 (trade up with San Francisco, 2018 2nd rounder, 2017 7th rounder): Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

Pick 3-103: Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic

Despite the fact that reports state the Saints were robbed of their favorite players by one pick (Mahomes at pick 11 went 10th and Foster at pick 32 went 31st), the Saints still left the early rounds of 2017 in much better condition than when the day started. The Saints needed an influx of talent on defense and were able to get the top corner in Lattimore, the top 2nd tier safety in Marcus Williams, and an athletic linebacker and defensive end. They also took an offensive lineman at the end of round 1, which may not pay immediate dividends, but can easily slot into the right tackle spot next season.

Tennessee Titans:

Pick 1-5: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Pick 1-18: Adoree Jackson, DB, Southern California

Pick 3-72 (Trade up with New England, Picks 3-83, 4-124): Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky

Pick 3-100: Jonnu Smith, TE Florida International

The Titans were sitting pretty before the draft, needing some offensive weapons to complement Marcus Mariota with a defensive back to replace Jason McCourty who was recently cut. The Titans were able to turn that into potentially the top wide out in Corey Davis, an explosive athlete and playmaker in Adoree Jackson, and some nice complementary players in round 3. Jonnu Smith may as well be Delanie Walker, who has been Mariota’s safety valve through two seasons.

Indianapolis Colts:

Pick 1-15: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Pick 2-46: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Pick 3-80: Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio University

The Colts hit the draft lottery by sitting still and taking a best player available approach. Malik Hooker is a rangy safety in the mold of Ed Reed who immediately upgrades the secondary. Quincy Wilson was according to some draft minds the best or second best corner in this draft, and he was able to fall down to pick 46. And finally, Basham is a natural physical pass rusher who will see the field in his first year and provide pressure off the edge. A great defensive draft for a team that needed an injection of young defensive talent.

Oakland Raiders:

Pick 1-24: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Pick 2-56: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

Pick 3-88: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA

The Raiders were another team that seemed to hit the jackpot by waiting around. They stopped the Gareon Conley free fall, which could be steal if he proves to be innocent. Conley was projected to go in the teens, and somebody was going to strike it rich by being aggressive drafting him. Melifonwu is a hyper athletic safety who isn’t afraid to hit, many had him as a late first rounder based on his combine, and to get him at the 56th pick may just be a robbery. Finally, Vanderdoes could anchor the defensive line for years to come if he is able to stay off the injury report and on the field. The rich get richer for the Oakland Vegas Raiders.

Carolina Panthers:

Pick 1-8: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Pick 2-40: Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State

Pick 2-64: Taylor Moton, T, Western Michigan

Pick 3-77: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

I am probably higher on the Carolina Draft than most people, but I truly think they have the makings of an unstoppable juggernaut on their hands offensively. Imagine a scenario where you have Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess outside with Greg Olsen at the third position. Cam Newton motions Curtis Samuel out of the backfield to occupy the middle receiver slot on the right. Newton runs a read option look with McCaffrey, but Olson runs a seam, Samuel runs a bubble, and Benjamin runs a deep slant. Who do you cover? How do you stop all of these things happening at once? Moton is a great project player, a guy who was talked up as one of the top line prospects (albeit in a weak offensive line class).

Iron Man

The first Marvel movie which started the whole chain of events in the superhero movie genre. The film stands the test of time and while the characters have grown from that first film, it is still something enjoyable to watch. The teams in this grouping did well for themselves, but they just didn’t blow the doors off like the first two groups. A B to B + ranking.

Arizona Cardinals

Pick 1-13: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Pick 2-36 (from Bears, Picks 2-45, 4-119, 6-197, 2018 4th rounder) Budda Baker, S, Washington

Pick 3-98: Chad Williams, WR, Grambling

The Cardinals did well for themselves in the first three rounds of the draft. Reddick is the kind of versatile player who can wreak havoc in the NFL. He can sit at depth on run downs and use his athleticism to shed blocks while dropping off the tackle’s shoulder on passing downs to generate pressure. Arizona did well to move up in round 2 for Budda Baker, an aggressive safety who will pair well with Tyrann Matheiu. Chad Williams put up some ridiculous numbers at his Grambling Pro Day and now has time to learn from Larry Fitzgerald if he ever shows his age.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Pick 1-19: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

Pick 2-50: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

Pick 3-84: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

Pick 3-107 (Trade up with Jets; Picks 4-125, 7-204) Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU

Patience paid off for the Buccaneers. They were heavily linked to Njoku with the 19th pick, but they received a gift when OJ Howard fell to them. Howard was one of the highest rated and cleanest prospects in this draft, getting him to roam the seams for Jameis Winston is a steal. Evans was a great safety and helps fill a need in the back half of the secondary. Godwin also has some value, as for some reason Penn State receivers are always underrated coming out of college but have a recent track record of doing great things.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Pick 1-30: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

Pick 2-62: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California

Pick 3-94: Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee

Pick 3-105: James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

The Steelers did well for themselves in 2017. TJ Watt is exactly the high motored edge rusher to fit across from Bud Dupree and has time to develop and learn from the timeless James Harrison. Let’s just say those morning workout videos after a game may have another participant. Juju is a solid receiver who worst case scenario is a backup plan if Sammie Coates doesn’t break out or if Martavious Bryant finds himself in trouble again. James Conner is the feel good story of the draft, the dude can ball and gets to in his hometown. Great for him and great for the Steelers.

Green Bay Packers:

Pick 2-33 (from Cleveland): Kevin King, CB, Washington

Pick 2-61: Josh Jones, S, N.C. State

Pick 3-93: Montravious Adams, DT, Auburn

The Packers had an agenda this year, and that was shoring up their defense. Trading out of the first round still got them a big corner prospect, and Kevin King should definitely be just the asset they need. Josh Jones is a hitter and Montravious Adams is the kind of prospect that can thrive in Green Bay. There are plenty of players on that roster that can keep his fire lit and make sure he maximizes his ability.

Seattle Seahawks:

Pick 2-35 (from Jacksonville) Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State

Pick 2-58: Evan Pocic, C, LSU

Pick 3-90: Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida

Pick 3-95: Delano Hill, S, Michigan

Pick 3-102: Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina

Pick 3-106: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan

At some point during Day 2 I looked up and realized somehow the Seahawks had amassed 6 picks in this draft. Through savvy trade backs, they were able to acquire some great talent and some guys who will work well within their system. McDowell will learn all the right habits from Pete Carroll and should be disruptive on that defensive line. Pocic is a versatile interior lineman who can help create running lanes for the Seattle rushing attack. Griffin and Hill are natural fits in the defense and will help with depth behind Sherman, Thomas, and Chancellor. Darboh had a great season and really came on toward the end of the year, he just seems like the kind of player who will thrive through Russell Wilson’s accurate passing attack.

Washington Redskins:

Pick 1-17: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

Pick 2-49: Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama

Pick 3-81: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

The Redskins were able to acquire some excellent players, although they didn’t rank higher because of the potential medical red flags. Allen had a forseen fall in the draft due to his multiple shoulder surgeries and arthritis, but the dude can flat out play. He’ll be giving the NFC East quarterbacks fits as long as he’s on the field. Anderson is one of the best pure pass rushers in this draft and will be a great situational player early on. Finally, Moreau is an ultra-talented corner from UCLA who always had injury problems. Tearing his pec doing the bench press at his pro-day certainly didn’t help his case. When healthy, he can be an awesome asset across from Josh Norman or in the slot.

New York Jets:

Pick 1-6: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Pick 2-39: Marcus Maye, S, Florida

Pick 3-79: Ardarius Stewart, WR, Alabama

The Jets heard the talk of this being the best safety class possibly of all time and decided to double down. Jamal Adams is an absolute stud and probably should have gone in the top 3, getting him at 6 is great. He has range, athleticism, football IQ, and the ability to be a gamechanger… not too bad at pick 6. Maye is another stud SEC Safety and will pair well with Adams. Ardarius Stewart is a speedy receiver out of Alabama, and while the pick didn’t make sense at the time, learning after the draft that Devin Smith tore his ACL justifies this pick to me.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Not expected to be much, The Guardians of the Galaxy were a true underdog of the Marvel film world. They burst on the scene and showed the ability to be a legitimate power, despite the lack of name recognition and familiarity with mainstream fans. The teams in this category had lower B level drafts, maybe even a B-, but could be teams that do better as time goes on.

Dallas Cowboys:

Pick 1-28: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

Pick 2-60: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

Pick 3-92: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

The Cowboys had a good draft. Taco Charlton was routinely seen in mock drafts in the teens or early twenties, so staying put and getting him at 28 isn’t bad. He’s got a great motor and lives in the backfield. His ability is a little raw though, hence the short fall on draft day. Awuzie is a rangy and explosive athlete for a defense that needs players of that kind. He’s the steal of the Cowboys draft thus far because he was seen in the first for corner needy teams. Lewis has great ability and made some fantastic plays at Michigan throughout his career. However, he probably experienced a slight fall due to limited athleticism in this deep corner class and an impending court case for domestic violence. If he finds his role and stays out of trouble, this class will be underrated.

New York Giants:

Pick 1-23: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

Pick 2-55: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

Pick 3-87: Davis Webb, QB, California

The Giants didn’t force any picks and got a great weapon for Eli Manning in round 1. Evan Engram is an alright to below average blocker, but he’ll make his money as a receiver. He has legitimate speed at tight end and will force teams to put him in one on one match ups, unless you feel like watching Odell Beckham torch you for four quarters. Dalvin Tomlinson will do well to fill the role of recently departed Johnathan Hankins. He’s not the most disruptive pass rusher, but the dude takes up space. Webb has all the potential in the world, and he gets to learn behind a 2 time Super Bowl champion. Not a bad haul for the Giants. The only thing holding these first three rounds back is the lack of any help at the offensive line positions.

Miami Dolphins:

Pick 1-22: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Pick 2-54: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

Pick 3-97: Cordera Tankersley, CB, Clemson

Getting Harris at 22 is strong value for a Miami team that has tried filling pass rush needs via free agency but not had the most success. He’s an excellent athlete who really showed out as the year came to a close at Missouri. McMillan is a good pick at 54, while he can be on the field for all three downs his value is really going to shine in running situations. Tankersley is another corner who had some rumor ties in round 1, so getting him at pick 97 is great. He excellent in coverage last year at Clemson and has the length to compete against bigger recievers.

Baltimore Ravens:

Pick 1-16: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Pick 2-47: Tyus Bowser, DE/LB, Houston

Pick 3-74: Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan

Pick 3-78: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

The Ravens made a concerted effort to improve their defense, especially after the top 3 receivers went in the first ten picks. Humphrey may be a bit of a reach at pick 16, but since he was one of the top 3 corners in the class after Conley’s law troubles, it’s a justifiable pick. He’s just a bit of a project. Bowser and Williams are going to get after the quarterback and be excellent replacements for the recently departed Elvis Dumervil and the aging Terrell Suggs. Wormley is exactly what you would picture in a Ravens lineman, tireless and full effort on every single snap. Look out AFC North offensive lines, the Ravens are rebuilding that front 7.

Philadelphia Eagles:

Pick 1-14: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Pick 2-43: Sydney Jones, CB, Washington

Pick 3-99: Rasual Douglas, CB, West Virginia

The Eagles were able to pick up one of the most productive pass rushers in college football in the back half of the first round and added some very intriguing talent after that. Barnett will fit in well in the Philly wide 9 on passing downs, especially when you tell him to pin his ears back and get after it. I loved the Sydney Jones pick, if you think that he’s going to get healthy after his Achilles Tear, you picked up a top 10 player at pick 43. Douglas is a great contingency plan as Jones heals. Really, this class will hinge on how well Jones bounces back.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Pick 1-9: John Ross, WR, Washington

Pick 2-48 (traded back with Minnesota): Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

Pick 2-73: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of the John Ross pick. Yes, he’s the most explosive player we’ve ever seen in terms of the 40. But the health risks were pretty great to take him when the Bengals did. In the same vein, there is a good chance if they would have traded back a few picks he would have been gone. Guess we will see how he holds up. You knew a team was going to take Mixon in the first three rounds, I guess we should have assumed the Bengals would be one of the teams to do it. Jeremy Hill has been largely injury prone or ineffective and it would seem he’s just been put on notice because Mixon is a legitimate talent. Willis was another popular late first round pick in mock drafts. He can definitely use his explosiveness to help out that Bengals front 7. All around good draft, but knocked a bit for the perceived reach in Ross.

San Diego Chargers:

Pick 1-7: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Pick 2-38: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky

Pick 3-71: Dan Feeny, G, Indiana University

Despite critical needs in the secondary and the drop of a few solid prospects, the Chargers chose to take their early resources to boost the offense as River’s window creaks shut. Williams is a great pick and true playmaker. He will be an immediate mismatch and contingency plan since Keenan Allen just can’t seem to finish a season. Lamp is one of the top lineman, inside or outside, in the draft. Getting him at 38 is a savvy move, especially since you can try him at right tackle before shifting him to a more natural guard spot. Feeny was a great player at Indiana who was hampered by injuries his final season. He could prove to be a steal this late in the draft.

Doctor Strange

A more recent film, Doctor Strange was visually appealing and brought a new element to the Marvel world. While it may not have had the easiest plot to always follow, still an enjoyable movie experience. These drafts range anywhere from a C+ to a middle C.

Denver Broncos:

Pick 1-20: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

Pick 2-51: Demarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

Pick 3-82: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

Pick 3-101: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar

The Broncos did a fine job addressing their roster weaknesses. Bolles was probably the most talented tackle in the draft, but his history and background will make for either a great Cinderella story or a tragic waste of talent. Walker was a solid and productive player at Florida State who should be able to effort his way into a great role in the NFL. Henderson and Langley are great developmental projects for the Broncos on either side of the ball and could become excellent pros.

New England Patriots:

Pick 3-83: Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State

Pick 3-85 (Trade up with Detroit, Pick 3-96, 4-124): Antonio Garcia, T, Troy

Upon further reflection, I just don’t know why I put the Patriots here. Let’s be honest, these two picks scream of players who are probably going to be 5 time Pro-Bowlers before they get cut or traded with a year left on their contracts for 1st round picks. Rivers is a great athlete who put up solid numbers at Youngstown State. He should be able to replicate the stats of recently departed Chris Long. Garcia had some talk of being the top tackle in the draft before a lackluster combine brought his stock back to Earth. I’m sure both will become All-Pros at the least. Sometimes I just hate New England.

Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City):

Pick 1-27: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Pick 2-37 (from LA Rams; traded away 2-44, 3-91) Zay Jones, WR, ECU

Pick 2-63 (Trade up with Atlanta, gave up 3-75, 4-149, 4-156): Dion Dawkins, G, Temple

The Bills needed a corner to replace Stephon Gilmore, a second weapon on offense, and some offensive line upgrades. The reason I docked them for day one (probably too harshly) is because sitting at 10 they had the ability to go out and pick up the top corner in the draft or one of the top free safeties and traded out. I know they got another first rounder next year, but I just don’t know how much better White fits their scheme than Lattimore or Hooker. Guess that’s why I’m writing a fledgling blog with limited viewership and not a GM though. I loved Zay Jones and Dawkins is one of the better interior line prospects in this draft.

Atlanta Falcons:

Pick 1-26 (Traded up with Seattle, Picks 1-31, 3-95, 7-249) Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

Pick 3-75: Duke Riley, MLB, LSU

Takk McKinley is a top 15 talent who had some injury concerns and may have been a little technically rough around the edges to be picked there. Atlanta got a fantastic player for their pass rush. Duke Riley will pair well with Dion Jones in the middle and they should have the speediest linebackers in the NFL at this point. I think I would have liked to see them go for a corner, especially after Brady repeatedly exploited them as time went on.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Pick 1-4: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Pick 2-34 (from Seattle; Picks 2-35, 6-187): Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Pick 3-68: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois

Fournette should be just the thing that Bortles needs to take some pressure off and regain some of the poise that he was lacking at times last season. The dude can be a game breaker unless his ankles struggle to hold up in the pro game. Trading up for Cam Robinson was a good move, at the very least he should be an above average Right Tackle with the ceiling of an All-Pro Left Tackle. The Smoot pick was a little puzzling, but nobody can deny their defensive line rotations should allow all their players to get after the quarterback constantly.

Detroit Lions:

Pick 1-21: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

Pick 2-53: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Pick 3-96: Kenny Galloday, WR, Northern Illinois

On the surface, the Lions made all the right moves in this draft. Davis is an absolute stud Middle Linebacker who was always the most talented defender on the field when he was on the field. But he has legit injury concerns that could hamper his effectiveness as a pro (kinda sounds like Deandre Levy… who the Lions already have). Tabor was a top corner until he had to run the 40, then he couldn’t improve it at his Pro Day. His film is great though, so maybe it’s one of those things that just won’t matter. Galloday played well at  Northern Illinois and may be able to give some help to the Lions receiver corp down the line.

Iron Man 3

The first Marvel movie that arguably pulled an Icarus and flew to close to the Sun. More humorous substance than actual usable content, Iron Man 3 had it’s moments, but ultimately didn’t live up to previous film adaptations. These teams find themselves anywhere from a mid-C to a C- after the first three rounds of the draft.

Houston Texans

Pick 1-12 (Traded up with Cleveland; Picks 1-25, 2018 First Rounder) Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Pick 2-57: Zach Cunningham, MLB, Vanderbilt

Pick 3-89: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

The entire Texans mantra heading into the draft was they were comfortable not reaching up and to get a quarterback. But when push came to shove, they did just that, surrendering two first round picks to get Deshaun Watson. Watson could be a stud in that system, but now he needs to be especially with no first rounder next year. Getting Cunningham at pick 57 was fantastic value. He flew all over the field for Vanderbilt, and while he may have some issues with tackling form, you can’t teach his athleticism. Foreman was a man amongst boys at Texas last year and should be able to relieve some of the pressure (and touches) on Lamar Miller his rookie season.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Pick 1-10 (Traded up with Buffalo; Picks 1-27 , 3-91, 2018 1st rounder: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

Pick 2-59: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

Pick 3-86: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

Same thing applies here for Kansas City. I know they loved Mahomes, but giving up two firsts and a third is pretty aggressive, especially in a class that wasn’t considered fantastic for QB’s. While the Chiefs didn’t have many needs this year, they do have some aging players on defense and may wish they still had that pick next year when they still don’t have much game film on Mahomes. Kpassagnon is a physical freak and should be able to carve out a role as a penetrating 5 tech on the field as a rookie. Hunt has Darren Sproles potential and will definitely be utilized with Andy Reid’s creativity.

Minnesota Vikings:

Pick 2-41 (from Cincinnati; traded away 2-48, 4-128): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Pick 3-70 (Trade up with Jets, traded away 3-79, 5-160) Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State

The Vikings didn’t have a first rounder this year due to the Sam Bradford trade, so they get knocked a little bit here. While I love Dalvin Cook the player, I just don’t see how anybody runs for yards behind that awful offensive line. Elflein was an excellent player for Ohio State, and while indicators show he can do well at the pro game, he is just one piece in a 5 man puzzle. There were some good interior lineman in both rounds they could have gotten.

Netflix Presents: The Iron Fist

And finally, our last category. The teams in this section don’t even qualify as a Marvel movie, but they are part of the larger picture. The Iron Fist was a sometimes interesting show that just missed the mark. While there were definitely the makings of something great, and there is some potential on the table, it just doesn’t work the way you want it to. Welcome to the D’s and F’s of the 2017 NFL Draft. This section is for the participation trophy generation, thanks for showing up, but don’t put it on the mantle.

Los Angeles Rams:

Pick 2-44 (Trade back with Buffalo): Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama

Pick 3-69: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

Pick 3-91: John Johnson, S, Boston College

The name of the game for the LA Rams is to get weapons to hopefully make Jared Goff look confident. While I respect that decision, I don’t know if they picked the right ones. Everett had great numbers and is an excellent athlete, but he played against a lower competition level and may need time to acclimate to the NFL game. Same story with Cooper Kupp, he looked great and had an excellent senior bowl, but I think there were some more proven wideouts in this draft. If it works and Goff has a great sophomore season, I’m perfectly fine looking like an idiot. But I just don’t know if these were the players you wanted trying to resurrect his career.

Chicago Bears:

Pick 1-2 (Traded up with San Francisco: Pick 1-3, 3-67, 4-111, and 2018 3rd rounder): Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Pick 2-45 (Traded back with Arizona): Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

And last, (and definitely least), my Chicago Bears. I need a second to compose myself here before I break into tears (again). Okay, here we go.

I think Mitch Trubisky may be a good NFL quarterback. Hell, he can even be great. But I don’t know why this was the year you decided to put your foot down. If he fell to 3 and you thought he was your guy, then that’s great and you take him. But to give up 3 picks that could have been used to improve the many holes in your roster, at corner, at safety, at defensive line, at tackle, and at wide receiver, for a guy who made 13 career starts, is baffling to me. It completely negates the Mike Glennon offseason signing, and, as an added sting to hearts of your fan base, you could have used that Glennon money to pour into a player like AJ Bouye or Ricky Wagner to build up other weaknesses on your roster. Now Trubisky has to justify the pick, because if he doesn’t, we’re even more fucked than before.

But wait, there’s more. The Bears traded back in round 2 (which they had to because they lost 2 thirds and a fourth rounder, essentially taking them out of the draft) which is also fine. In my heart, I would like to think they were trading back for a shot at Sydney Jones, who went two picks before them. However, they ended up taking Adam Shaheen, a Division II tight end with solid measurables and adequate speed. Now, I would have ranked tight end as a need (maybe the fourth or fifth biggest one after bringing back Zach Miller and signing Dion Sims), but there was still so much talent on the board at premium positions. How do you go into the draft and see 32 year old Quentin Demps and the human injury report Prince Amukamura and tell yourself “yup, let’s reach for a QB when we can only play one at a time and a Division II Tight End. Those are the missing pieces”

In the first two rounds of the draft, the Bears found a way to get two players who will probably start the year 2nd on the depth chart at their respective positions. At the end of the day, they drafted like a 10 win team, not the three win team they actually were. And that, my friends, is why they get a participation trophy. Thanks for showing up Chicago, here’s a ribbon and a team picture as proof. Now get the hell on the bench and eat your orange slices.

 

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P.S.- While my mock draft left much to be desired, I did kick Mel Kiper Jr’s ass. Forget contacts, ESPN needs someone like me given the purge they just committed. Hit me up Bristol.

-R&R

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